By Gil Fronsdal
A translation with observation of one of many earliest of the surviving Buddhist texts, which finds the lessons to be remarkably easy and freed from spiritual trappings.
The Aṭṭhakavagga, or “Book of Eights,” is assumed by way of students to be one of the earliest of written Buddhist texts, and in it we discover the Buddha’s instructing pared right down to its such a lot simple essence. Gil Fronsdal’s translation and statement finds the text’s principal main issue to be the enjoyment that comes from spotting and letting pass of attachment to the illusory perspectives that create discomfort. It’s easy drugs that works for us this day in addition to it did for the Buddha’s first listeners.
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The Discourse on Before Breaking Apart 11. The Discourse on Quarrels and Disputes 12. The Shorter Discourse on the Dead End 13. The Greater Discourse of the Dead End 14. The Discourse on Being Quick 15. The Discourse on Being Violent 16. The Discourse to Sāriputta Afterword Appendix: Knowing and Seeing in the Book of Eights Notes Select Bibliography E-mail Sign-Up PREFACE THIS BOOK is a translation of a collection of ancient Buddhist poems often considered to be among the Buddha’s first teachings.
I have followed a number of principles in creating this translation. I have tried, to the best of my limited ability, to be faithful to the literal meaning of the Pali originals. At the same time, I also have tried to render the verses in English so they are easy to understand and pleasant to read. Finding the balance between being literal on the one hand and understandable and enjoyable on the other was never easy. One consequence of this choice was the decision not to try to replicate in English the meters in which the poems were composed.
I am also grateful to Grace G. Burford for her book Desire, Death, and Goodness: The Conflict of Ultimate Values in Theravada Buddhism. Her study on the Book of Eights inspired me with new perspectives for reading the text. I am very grateful to Thanissaro Bhikkhu, Andrew Olendzki, and Diana Clark for checking my translation against the Pali original. ” The suggestions and corrections from these scholars have been as humbling as they have been invaluable. Diana Clark and Carol Ghigliari both provided expert editing of the entire book.
The Buddha before Buddhism: Wisdom from the Early Teachings by Gil Fronsdal